Do you want to enhance your knowledge and gain practical experience in an exciting field of law?

Quick facts

Duration: 1-12 months

Requirements: 18+ years, law student or relevant qualification
Location: Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Malawi
Activities: policy and advocacy, legal research, data analysis, drafting templates and court procedures

Malawi’s Wildlife Justice Programme is a partnership between Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and the Malawi government, with the aim of strengthening wildlife crime court outcomes. The programme introduced court monitoring and public/private prosecutions of the most serious wildlife crimes.

The work involved in the Wildlife Justice internship will vary depending on the requirements of the project at the time. While only Malawian lawyers and court monitors are able to attend court, interns can expect to take part in analysing courtroom data, drafting submission templates, attending workshops, policy and advocacy and legal research.

Dr Amanda Salb, treating a snared elephant up in Thuma


Accommodation will either be in the Volunteer House, which is located in the heart of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, or in a two-bed flat on the LWT staff compound. The volunteer house is located in the centre of the Wildlife Centre, so you are surrounded by our animals. This means you can experience the wild side of Africa and yet still be close enough to the city to enjoy some of the benefits of civilisation. The house has basic mixed co-ed ten bed dorm-style accommodation with electricity, kitchen, lounge area, garden, bathroom and hot showers. There are also two chalets, each with an en-suite bathroom and small balcony. The staff compound is located in Area 9, within walking distance of the head office and close to supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

vervet monkey


Food is included in the cost of the internship. At the Wildlife Centre, vegetarian meals are provided by our fabulous chef Joseph, and water and unlimited tea and coffee are also provided. If you are staying on the staff compound, a food allowance will be provided.

Travel and free time

Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa for its friendly people and stunning landscapes, and it’s generally viewed as the ‘safest’ country to travel in Africa. Volunteers take one day off a week and a long weekend off every month. It is possible to take off more or less time, dependent on emergencies and what projects you are working on. We highly recommend that you spend weekends off at the lake or on safari. We can help you with your booking and show you the best deals. Here are a few ideas:

  • Zambia: Safari to South Luangwa valley
  • Senga Bay: Boat trip, snorkelling, swimming.
  • Liwonde National park: Game drives and boat trips
  • Cape Maclear: Boat trips, paddle-boarding, canoes, booze cruise, hiking
  • Kande: Horse riding
  • Dezda: Pottery, paper workshop, hiking, cave paintings
  • Kuti Wildlife Reserve: Wildlife viewing, cycling

By African standards, Lilongwe is a safe, clean and relatively quiet city with just the right amount of nightlife, which we are more than happy to introduce you to! There are craft and food markets and many lodges and hotels also have pools and spa facilities which are also worth taking advantage of!


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Where does the money go?

All of the money raised through our volunteer programme, after costs, goes directly into the Wildlife Trust’s legal projects, as well as its various other programmes.

Price includes:

All meals and unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water
Transfers to and from the airport and all work-related transport
Orientation and training in all relevant departments

Price doesn’t include:

Vaccinations, travel and medical insurance
Visa ($75 single entry 30 day visa, plus extensions every 30 days = $10)
Additional excursions, nights out, souvenirs and personal expenses

Please email lilongwewildlife@gmail.com for more information